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much. we learned today that pope benedict xvi is hard of hearing and partially blind in one eye. that's from a journalist who interviewed him recently. in ten days, the pope, who is 85 will retire as head of the catholic church. last night he prayed with some of the cardinals who will choose his successor. he then began a week long spiritual retreat. benedict's time as pope has beenl turbulent.ee in the u.s., church attendanceul is down, there is a shortage of priests, and legal settlements from the sex abuse scandal have cost billions of dollars. the boston archdiocese has closed dozens of churches, but in one of those, parishioners have staged a sit-in that's been going on now for eight years. here's elaine quijano. >> reporter: every friday night, christine arnold and her 14- year-old triplets sean, scott and christian, arrive for their overnight shift at st. francis church. the triplets have been coming here since they were six years old. would it be weird to not come here on a friday night? >> it wouldn't feel right. >> reporter: why not? >> because, like, this kind of like our sec
>>> the surprise resignation of pope benedict is leading to soul searching amongst some catholics. we sat down with nearly two dozen of the faithful. they talked about the role of the church in their lives and where the vatican should go from here. >> pope benedict did something no pope has done in 600 years. he's calling it quits. that poses a question for catholics in this country. how important is the pope to your own faith? >> very important. >> okay. one at a time. >> he's the main figure of the church. everybody looks to him for the answer of everything. i mean if he's not going to be there, then who is everybody going to turn to? >> you're 20 years old. >> right. >> you don't look like a church goer. >> i know. >> but what does he represent to you that makes him so important? >> he's that miracle behind the faith. he will be there whenever something goes wrong. >> first, when i heard it the first thing i thought is what scandal is going to come up? >> if there is something being masked, is he really resigning to not confront it? >> to me, it's a let down. it's discouraging.
i'm peter lobo a church in crisis or only transition the retirement of pope benedict sees catholics all over the world discussing the state of the church and its future direction is the catholic church a spent force can recover from over decades of scandal and internal divisions. and how will history remember the pontificate of benedict. to cross-talk the church in crisis i'm joined by jamila bey in washington she is a journalist and the host of the radio show sex politics and religion our in berkeley we have nancy shepherd hughes she is a professor of medical anthropology at the university of california berkeley and in new york we cross to terence kealey he is a professor of catholic theology and chair of the department of theology at for him university all right cross talk rules in effect folks i mean you can jump in anytime you want man so you got up early as for the program so i'm going to go to you first what do you think the state of the catholic church is with the exit of benedict. well i actually think it's a moment of possible optimism. i have been extremely distressed with
or only transition the retirement of pope benedict sees catholics all over the world discussing the state of the church and its future direction is the catholic church a spent force can recover from over decades of scandal and internal divisions and how will history remember the pontificate of benedict. to cross-talk the church in crisis i'm joined by jamila bey in washington she is a journalist and the host of the radio show sex politics and religion our in berkeley we have nancy shepherd hughes she is a professor of medical anthropology at the university of california berkeley and in new york we cross to terence kealey he is a professor of catholic theology and chair of the department of theology at for him university all right crosstalk rules in effect both of you can jump in anytime you want man so you got up early as for the program so i'm going to go to you first what do you think the state of the catholic church is with the exit of benedict. well i actually think it's a moment of possible optimism. i have been extremely distressed with the. last papacy and feel that we need n
following pope benedict's announcement and its what everyone is talking about. >> he is almost 86 and has every right. it shows humility. it's good. >> it's a very big step. people have often suffered from the office. it's good to see that a pope can resign. they are human, too. >> in western germany, home to one of the oldest catholic diocese. they won the church year to modernize. pope benedict is the source of much heated debate. >> 80%-90% of all followers use contraception, officially forbidden by the vatican. if we and drifted apart to such an extent, something must be wrong. >> it is not just an issue among worshipers. he says the bishops are often too detached and have to deal with grass-roots issues. >> i see this among the full- time staff, the ones on the front line. they are frustrated and disappointed with the leadership, the bishops' conference, but disappointed with wrong. this is much greater than among normal questions. >> the mass is over in berlin. the priest here is happy with the church. he is an admirer of pope benedict saying there's no need for change. >> i enj
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guessing game about the new pope is taking an unexpected turn. just ten days now until pope benedict steps down. and the common assumption has always been there will never be an american pope. but it's changing. do we have the candidate now who may just do it? abc's david wright tells us. >> reporter: cardinal sean o'malley is a prince of the church who lives like a pauper. even his clothes set him apart from the other men in red. "cardinal sean," as he likes to be called, wears the simple brown robes of a monk, tied with a rope. plus sandals, even during winter in boston. >> he's a holy man. a man of simplicity. and wouldn't that be a lovely thing to have in a pope? >> reporter: the boston archdiocese he inherited was badly tainted by the church sexual abuse scandal. o'malley sold off the cardinal's residence to pay the victims and moved into a single room near the cathedral. he put the victims first. the church has not always been so responsive. >> any new pope is going to have to look at the issue and speak to it. >> reporter: here in rome, there's long been an unwritten rule -- no pope
the claims groundless. >>> pope benedict will have a pension according to italian media which reports $3,300 a month coming had is bap the vatican could not that report a spokesman says all of the pope's outgoing needs will be met. >>> our first look at kate middleton's growing baby bump. she made her his appearance since announcing her pregnancy in december. she is about 4 1/2 months pregnant. >>> researchers developed a drug that is fascinating. it's made up of alcohol metabolizing enzymes that they drop alcohol levels in drunk mice. don't pop open the champagne yet. the research in its early stages. the reality is you have too much to drink and pop a pill and you're all better. >>> daryl hannah arrested after protesting at the white house. tell you about that coming up later. >>> gas prices hit a new four-month high. boy, the cost of a fill-up has gone up 33 days in a row yet. are we there yet? >> everything seems to be going up at the moment. i don't know if you've seen the dow this morning. scaling new heights here and we neat a positive catalyst to push us sustainably high. back
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